Dr Rob Newman
Managing Director & CEO
Rob was appointed as CEO of Nearmap on October 2015, after having been a Non-Executive Director of Nearmap (formerly ipernica) for almost 5 years.
He has established a unique track record as a successful Australian high technology entrepreneur in both Australia and Silicon Valley. He has twice founded and built businesses based on Australian technology, both times successfully entering overseas markets. These businesses combined have established market values of over $200M.
Rob is a trained engineer but has spent his career in marketing, business development and general management in Information Technology focusing on communications. Rob also spent ten years of his career as a venture capitalist cofounding Stone Ridge Ventures, and was previously an investment director for Foundation Capital. As a venture capitalist, Rob has extensive experience in identifying and helping grow companies with significant commercial potential, especially those addressing overseas markets.
In the 1980's, Rob was the inventor and co-founder of QPSX Communications Pty Ltd. After founding the company, Rob provided the technical leadership and product strategy. Rob was instrumental in establishing QPSX as a worldwide standard for Metropolitan Area Networks and the company successfully sold products to Telecommunication Carriers in Australia, Europe, Asia and the US.
Dr Newman has been recognised with a number of awards including the Bicentennial BHP Pursuit of Excellence Award (Youth Category) and Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year 1987.
Current ASX listed company directorships
Nearmap Ltd (since February 2011)
Pointerra Limited (ASX: 3DP) - Chairman
Former ASX listed company directorships in the last 3 years